The Key Ingredients For Edible Landscaping

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Using edibles as ornamental accents for the garden has been trending for a while. For some, it’s a way to a more sustainable living while for others it’s a relaxing hobby, but why not do it for both its nutrimental and aesthetic value? Using vegetables and herbs in the garden for both food and ornamental appearance actually makes for a tougher and healthier garden with less need for pesticides and fungicides.

You don’t need much space to grow an eclectic mix of some of the most popular edibles. Shallow-rooted edibles like lettuce, radishes, peppers and herbs only need a container about 8 inches deep in order to thrive. While beets, carrots and onions require a bit more room, they can still grow perfectly in a 5-gallon pot, and strawberries can even do well in hanging baskets. If you want a vertical garden, try tomatoes, peas or cucumbers.

As in any other form of gardening, it’s effective to combine heights, textures and colors. Don’t forget to consider the overall look of each plant, and group together those that complement one another as well as those that share the same growing requirements.